Mike Wallace had been a well-known figure in the Arkansas Delta farming community. He owned large farming lands which, during harvest season, would be filled with rows of soybeans, cotton, and corn.
However, the yield on his soybean crop for 2016 had fallen below his expectations and he blamed the farmhand next door for illegally spraying dicamba. What ensued was tragic.
So when Wallace was hit again the next season, he decided he’d had enough. He called Jones and proposed that they meet to settle things in person. Wallace threatened to “whip [my] ass,” Jones later said.
Moments after Wallace sent his last text message, Jones arrived in his own pickup. As soon as he stepped out of the truck, Jones later told police, Wallace charged at him, arms flailing. He was on Jones within seconds, pinning him against the rear driver’s side door.
As they scuffled, Jones pulled a .32 caliber semiautomatic pistol from his back pocket and began to fire. The bullets hit Wallace in his right shoulder and arm, his chest, and abdomen. Jones continued firing until the clip was empty—seven shots in all.
One bullet entered Wallace’s back, above his left buttocks. Just 91 seconds after Wallace’s last text message, Jones was on the phone with police to report that he’d shot a man. Wallace lay in the dirt, bleeding to death.
That was the beginning of how this controversy about Monsanto's herbicide exploded.
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